We know the year has just begun, and the stress load may or may not be that overwhelming...yet, but here is your gentle reminder that self-care is essential for super TEFL teachers! Self-care fuels your motivation to produce quality output in the online or abroad classroom, potentially leading to more students, more earning incentives, and more opportunities! So here are three ways you can show YOURSELF love this February:
1. Make TIME For Yourself
As EFL and ESL teachers, your primary focus is your students, as it should be, but remember to give yourself permission to care for YOU too in order to offer your class the best learning experience. Self-care is not a luxury but a necessity to avoid teacher burnout!
Reward yourself EACH DAY with time for activities, food or people that nourish your mind, heart and body. These could range from taking your fur babies for a walk to a 5-minute meditation on a mindfulness app.
Need a quick pick-me-up during those work hours? Make yourself a self-care emergency pack containing delicious, nutritious treats, a calming essential oil, a bag of zingy tea, sweet-smelling lotion you love and a refreshing hydrating mist.
2. Saying NO
Try to leave work at work! When you close your laptop, fling off those headphones, or exit the building at the end of your teaching hours, the workday is DONE. If you’ve tended to the work day’s priorities, then the remaining daylight, or twilight (depending on your teaching schedule), is yours. No thinking about how to help Bobby pronounce his vowels correctly, or fixing that poster that always falls down mid-lesson - that’s for tomorrow’s agenda.
Lean on your colleagues for support. Have a task needing attention, but you’re swamped with a thousand others? Ask for help from your fellow teachers to lighten the load. Remember to return to the favour, but only when you can. If you’re an online teacher, ask for support from your company, or as a freelance teacher, just say no to taking on any more students until you’re mentally able to.
3. Invest In Your Future with EDUCATION
Wise American library and museum director John Cotton Dana once said:
“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”
The best teachers embrace lifelong learning for self-development and to set an example for their students. And so, as an established or aspiring TEFL teacher, show YOURSELF love this February by investing in your future or honing your craft.
If you’re ready to start teaching English abroad in the classroom, teaching online from home, or travelling the globe while teaching from your laptop, then invest in yourself by signing up for our 120-Hour TESOL certification or 220-Hour Master TESOL certification, and qualify as an internationally accredited TESOL teacher.
Already a TEFL teacher but need a boost in the industry to land your dream online or abroad TEFL job? Join our Job Support course in which we’ll assist you to create the perfect TESOL CV, help you make an attention-grabbing demo and introduction video, prepare you for job interviews and provide you with a daily updated TEFL job board of currently hiring employers.
Or are you wanting to expand your expertise in specific student classes? Sign up for our specialisation 50-Hour Teaching Young Learners specialisation course and 50-Hour Teaching Business English specialisation course.
This February, show yourself some love for a better you and to fulfil your dreams!